Essex (51) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 4, 2013
Hot Box is an "Indian Smoked Ale", which basically has been defined by the brewers as an American IPA with smoked malts used to create a new style and flavour, to give the beer a great level of hoppiness as well as a nice smoked flavour akin to a Rauchbier.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into an Orval goblet glass.
Pours a mid-dark brown colour with a short lived white head. Clearly unfiltered, and it looks good.
Smells faint to me, but fairly smokey and hoppy.
Tastes like heaven in a glass. Very hoppy like an IPA but with an amazing malt presence that balances the whole thing out, and to top it all off it has smoke flavours too. It’s like some sort of crazy but awesome hoppy cigar. The smoke isn’t too overpowering though, none of it is. It’s just all perfectly balanced.
Overall this beer is brilliant. It’s so drinkable yet tasty at the same time. I love it and I wish I had more. Theydon_Bois (19501) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP with Essex Jim, 01/01/13.
Pours dark dark amber/chestnut brown with a thin off white head that assumes a frothy bubbleness clinging to the outer circle.
Nose carries juicy hops, pine, mango, light grapefruit, subtle background rausch.
Taste comprises hops, pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel malts, mineral tones, great blend of smoke, enough to be noticed, enough to remain a well balanced hoppy IPA.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, hoppy bitter finish with a touch of smoke.
Great stuff, the Tiny Rebel folks never seem to produce a dud !
Bis meine Straße ! cgarvieuk (24466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2012
bottle at home ... dark brown/black ... thin tan head ... soft sweet berry fruits ... soft toffee nose ... light fizz ... dry roast ... soft smoke .. dark malts ... soft berry olio (10269) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
33 cl bottle.BBE 06/2013.lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Pours dark hazy red color with a large thick head. Aroma of mild fruits, some malts, yeast, mild smoke, mild nutty notes and hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, mild fruits and some hops, faint smoky ham also. Mild bitter palate.
330 ml bottle.
tiong (7277) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a dark amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma of smoked wood, berries and roasted malts. Flavour of roasted malts, smoked wood, perfume, sweet berries and ash. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a dry, malty, slightly bitter finish. A bit weird.
330ml bottle from Ales by Maillaiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
No. 3, BBE June 2013 -
Pours murky dark brown with a bubbly white head. Aroma of fruity hops, smoked leather, ham and hints of spices. Taste is fruity and hoppy with a lot of leathery notes, hints of smoke and ash. Finish is bitter and smoked with some leather. Quite unique, a bit unbalanced.
33 cl bottle @ lusikka. No.3, BBE 06/2013jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Aroma is odd and stale with berries, oaky notes and ash and distant smoky notes. Flavour has berries, ashy notes, some resin and smoky notes. Quite unique stuff.
Bottle @ The Euston Tap. The pour’s deep brown with a medium light tan head. The aroma’s of rich leather, some woodland grassy meadow, light acerbic hop bitterness, mild berry. The taste is juicy hops, mild fruit salad. Field shrubbery, tropical pineapple and salt. These hoppy flavors are ballasted by a smoky, nutty malt presence. More leather on the long finish. Very flavorful. Smooth. Overall, I was worried Tiny Rebel would go overboard on the smoked aspect of this beer. My worries were unfounded. This is lovely, balanced stuff. Great. tommann (3751) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a small frothy head. Aroma is chocolate, light pine, Coke and a little smoke. Taste is sweet smoked ham to start with a smoked chocolate finish. The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
No smoke here. But its good. Pine? Why not birch? Does birch have a taste? A flavour? Willow? What about that?